Author Spotlight: Gabi Coatsworth

Gabi Coatsworth is an award-winning British-born author and blogger, who has spent half her life living in the United States. Her debut novel, A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Over, comes out in April 2023 from Atmosphere Press. Her memoir, Love’s Journey Home, was published in May 2022 She’s been published in anthologies, trade publications, and literary journals, both in print and online. She lives in Connecticut in a cottage that’s American on the outside and British on the inside. If she’s not writing or traveling, she’ll be in her flower garden, wondering whether to weed, or relaxing with a book. You can find her by googling her name.

It’s time for widow Molly Stevenson to stand on her own two feet. With blind dates, a needy ghost, and her small‑town bookstore in trouble, she’s going to need all her inner strength to prevent another unhappy ending.

Forty‑something Molly can’t bear to remove her wedding band. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, the last thing she needs is her sleazy landlord raising the rent to drive her bookshop out of business. Now, this mild‑mannered indie bookstore owner must find the inner strength to turn the page to a brand‑new chapter. So she’s relieved when the ghost of her husband arrives claiming he’s there to help. But is he?

With a little nudge from beyond the grave, Molly hatches a plan to revitalize her boutique and keep the doors open. But with everyone, including her spectral spouse, insisting she start dating again, Molly isn’t sure what’s worse—the dates she meets online or the love of her life trying to find her a new man—who’s not quite as good as him.

How will she find the courage to fight for herself?

“Readers will cheer for Molly as she learns that standing on one’s own often requires getting comfortable with leaning on others. [A] heartwarming, hopeful tale…” Jamie Beck, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Anyone who has had to begin again, to strike out on her own, make a new life and new friends, will relate to this debut novel…” Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of Crazy to Leave You

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